Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Functional Sewing

You guys, I think I've grown up.

Today, I'm sharing what may be the most functional sewing I've ever done.

The horror.

I'm kidding. Sort of.

I'm sure that many sewists/quilters have fabric that they bought because they liked/loved it, but it doesn't fit within their creative aesthetic. I have some prints within my little baby stash that I've loved enough to buy [and with my budget, I usually wait until I find something I really love], but once they're in my little hands I just don't know what to do with them.

Swatch courtesy of fabric.com

Amy Butler's Lotus Wallflower print is a prime example. I LOVE the print. Which is surprising in and of itself, because it's red and floral, and that's so outside of my norm. But I like that it's sort of geometrically floral, and not overwhelmingly red. So I had bought 1.5 yards of it a few months back [I didn't have a lot of red then,so I was trying to make up for it]. But the scale of the print is just too large for anything I usually do around here, and just doesn't play nice with my other fabrics. It was sitting around unloved, and that's so sad!

Enter: the fabric napkin!

I will be bringing life to some of my fabrics that I really like, but have no idea how to use within my quilting world. They're still perfectly lovely fabrics, and deserve their day in the sun.

Oh, and I made a pair with this brown Flea Market Fancy print and some yellow Farm Fresh crosshatch. Because I wanted to, not because those are forgotten prints. I think they'll look delightful on my table in the fall next to my Marigold Fiestaware.

And yes, I'll wait while you pick yourself up off the floor over how cute those napkin holders are. Tiny shovels, hoes, and rakes? UM, YES. And no, I have no idea where exactly they're from, but my mom got them for me from some handmade shop in West Virginia.

Next up on the functional sewing list:
-Fabric baskets for a myriad of places within my home [I need at least 6 for an Ikea unit]
-Two more pillows for our couches

*Linked up with Quilt Story [who have featured my linked projects the past two weeks eep!] and SewHappy Geek


  1. The napkins are awesome! I've been featured twice on quilt story recently too. It's fun, isn't it? :)

  2. The large Amy Butler prints make for a dramatic place setting! I made napkins a few years ago with some fabulous Denyse Schmidt dots that I picked up on clearance. They were home dec weight fabrics, so I was stumped as to what to do with them. Turns out they were perfect for double-sided napkins!

  3. What a fun thing to do with favorite prints that don't fit into your quilts! I have a ton of those and am totally going to make some of these tonight! I'm imaginging a mix-n-match set of napkins from within one line so each person can have (and remember) a separate print.

  4. What cute napkins. I've seen a lot of napkins on Flickr also and may need to add it to my to do list.

  5. Love the napkins! The fabric looks so much better in the picture you took of it =D

  6. That's a great way to put to use those large prints. I love the look of those napkins in the basket.

  7. I love that red Amy Butler print! Your table looks great!

  8. Great idea. Pretty napkins are always fun to have.


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